Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpt, Cryoskin etc.)

Latest update: July 14, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD


Fat freezing, also known as cold or cryotherapy, cools areas of the skin to sub-zero temperatures to increase collagen production and contour, tone, and reduce cellulite dimples. There are different cryotherapy methods, but they all employ the same principles. 

CryoSlimming is a 30-minute treatment. It targets stubborn pockets of fat and reduces them. Heat is applied followed by cold to kill the fat cells. While the cold may feel uncomfortable, there are only minor side effects like redness and soreness that will subside after a few hours. The damaged cells are eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. This may cause patients to feel thirstier.

CoolSculpting is another non-invasive alternative to liposuction. It uses a different device than CryoSlimming. Instead of a wand, it has rounded paddles used to target excess fat. The treatment can take up to 2 hours.

Both CryoSlimming and CoolSculpting can show visible results after 2-3 weeks. These will improve gradually and become permanent three months after.

CryoToning Cellulite works similarly but does not use heat before freezing the cells. Cold is applied to smooth and tighten the skin by increasing microcirculation and blood flow to the area. It also encourages new collagen production and reduces the appearance of cellulite on the legs, butt, and abdomen.

Cryotherapy is most suited for patients who lead a healthy lifestyle and diet but still have stubborn pockets of fat that exercise cannot solve. This is usually because fat cells do not reduce when you lose weight, which creates these accumulated fat tissues. A cryotherapy treatment can permanently destroy fat cells and remove them from the body.

For facial treatments, CryoFacial is a procedure that uses vaporized nitrogen and blows it onto the face and neck. The 10-minute treatment can improve blood circulation and stimulate collagen production to improve skin tone and wrinkles. CryoFacials can be performed every seven days, but maintenance sessions are needed for long-lasting results. 
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I Tried Cryoskin for Fat Loss And Toning! | Susan Yara

Susan Yara visits Elisa "London" Fromson to talk about and try Cryoskin for fat loss and toning. London tells us about Cryoskin and describes the variety of treatments that the device can do. She explains how the device works. Sara talks about her reasons for wanting to have the procedure done on her tummy. London explains the process while she is performing it on Sara.

CryoToning and CryoSlimming - What to Expect | Trim Studio

This video gives an overview of what to expect during your CryoSlim session. It goes over pre-treatment measures and describes what should be avoided and/or encouraged after the session. The video talks about the duration of the session and goes over what patients have said about the experience.

FREEZE AWAY FAT ??? | Does Coolsculpting Work?

YouTuber, Tati, shares her Coolsculpting journey with us. She explains how she was contacted and talks about her reasons for sharing this experience. She explains the procedure and assures viewers of the safety of Coolsculpting. The video shows footage of the lead-up to the procedure and then of the procedure itself. Tati describes how she felt and gives feedback.

Freezing fat cells: Coolsculpting claims to remove fat without surgery

Vinita Nair, a news correspondent for CBS, investigates the Coolsculpting procedure and asks if it is possible to freeze the fat away. The article explains where doctors got the idea to use cold to kill fat cells. Vinita explains the science behind the procedure. She speaks to Dr. Neil Sadick, who details the candidates that Coolsculpting would work on.